A physical force at times in the paint: very strong and a great leaper, especially for his size. A dominant shot-blocker thanks to his incredible arm length and huge frame; can really change opposing teams' offensive approaches. Flashes a nice hook shot he can use as a go-to move.
Will get foul-prone and must learn to pick his spots better as a defender. Isn't nearly the rebounder he could be. Needs a lot of work as a passer and shooter, and must be quicker moving his feet to play regularly in the NBA paint.
Powerful, mobile center prospect.
Movements & Injuries
Golden State Warriors exercised their contract option for the 2015-16 season.
Missed all 82 regular season and first 7 playoff games (right knee surgery).
Right knee surgery, sidelined indefinitely.
Golden State Warriors exercised their contract option for the 2014-15 season.
Missed 1 game (bruised right knee).
Bruised right knee, day-to-day.
Signed by the Golden State Warriors.
Drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the 1st round (30th overall) in 2012.
Festus Ezeli to miss Summer League | 07/07/2014 11:30 PM
Festus Ezeli will not play in Summer League this year because of right shin inflammation.
Contra Costa Times
Ezeli has missed enough time with his knee surgery to take it easy on the first sign of trouble, but it also goes without saying that the Warriors would appreciate him getting his work in. The team says the injury isn't serious and we'll know by his participation in the preseason.
Festus Ezeli (knee) cleared to play in Vegas | 06/10/2014 3:32 PM
Warriors center Festus Ezeli (knee surgery) has been cleared to play and he's expected to participate in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Inside Bay Area
Ezeli has been out for almost a year after having surgery to repair ligaments in his right knee, but he's been playing pickup games since the end of the regular season. "They think it's a good idea [to play in Summer Leauge], so I probably will," Ezeli said. "Just go to Vegas, get some touches and get my rhythm back. Just get back to playing. Get back to being comfortable on the court." Andrew Bogut has a lengthy history of injuries and Jermaine O'Neal is uncertain to return for Golden State next season, so a healthy Ezeli would be a nice boost for the Warriors' frontcourt.
Festus Ezeli won't play in Game 7 | 05/03/2014 10:31 PM
Festus Ezeli (knee) will not play in Game 7 on Saturday.
Monte Poole on Twitter
For whatever reason, there was a positive report about Ezeli possibly playing last weekend, but there has been nothing else to suggest he's ready to go. Ezeli has been limited in practice and the Warriors should have a heavy dose of Draymond Green and David Lee tonight.
Festus Ezeli goes through some practice | 05/02/2014 4:14 PM
Festus Ezeli (knee) went through some portions of practice on Friday.
Diamond Leung on Twitter
It is being called "live work" with the other big men, so he doesn't sound like he was a full participant. Ezeli does have a chance to play in Game 7 on Saturday and the Warriors could use him if they get into foul trouble as a unit, but he's not going to be a huge piece of the puzzle, especially with how Draymond Green has stepped it up.
Festus Ezeli won't play on Thursday night | 05/01/2014 8:52 PM
Festus Ezeli (knee) will not play against the Clippers on Thursday.
Rusty Simmons on Twitter
Outside of one optimistic report over the weekend, there has been little reason to think Ezeli will suit up for this series. There has been no word on the big man taking on contact and the Warriors will continue to mix and match their way with big men next to David Lee.
Festus Ezeli (knee) not expected back on Tues | 04/28/2014 2:30 PM
Festus Ezeli (knee) is not expected to play in Game 5 on Tuesday.
Marc Spears on Twitter
There was a report on Sunday that he could return for that game, but it did seem optimistic. There has been no word of Ezeli taking on contact and we'd think he's closer to doubtful to play in this series vs. the Clippers. It'll be Draymond Green and David Lee getting most of the minutes in the paint for the Warriors in the near future.
Festus Ezeli (knee) could play on Tuesday | 04/27/2014 7:28 PM
Festus Ezeli (knee) is getting closer and could make his debut on Tuesday in Game 5.
Marc Spears on Twitter
He was ruled out for Sunday back on Friday and has been going through 5-on-0 workouts. Ezeli's knee surgery has kept him inactive since last offseason and the Warriors probably won't use him much.
Festus Ezeli (knee) will not play in Gm. 3-4 | 04/24/2014 8:57 PM
Festus Ezeli (knee) will not play in Game 3 and Game 4 vs. the Clippers.
Marc Spears on Twitter
He is up to 5-on-0 workouts and has been out for 10 months due to knee surgery. There seems to be a very little chance he'll be able to play in this series against the Clippers since he's still not taking on contact -- arguably the biggest step of his rehab. The Warriors will have to use Jermaine O'Neal, David Lee, Hilton Armstrong, Marreese Speights and Draymond Green a bit more to alleviate the loss of Andrew Bogut (ribs).
Warriors C Festus Ezeli still rehabbing knee | 04/23/2014 1:39 PM
Warriors center Festus Ezeli admitted frustration over the slow recovery of his surgically-repaired right knee.
Ezeli had surgery 10 months ago with an expected recovery time of 6-9 months, but he only recently was cleared to bend his knee. It's very unlikely that he'll be healthy enough to appear in the playoffs, which is unfortunate for the Warriors since they're already without Andrew Bogut (rib).
Festus Ezeli (knee) to practice 'pretty soon' | 04/14/2014 10:06 AM
Festus Ezeli (right knee) has been cleared to take contact in one-on-one drills and he expects to begin practicing "pretty soon."
The Warriors' 24-year-old center hasn't played all season after surgery last June to repair his MCL and PCL ligaments. His return to health is a welcome sight for Golden State, but he's unlikely to play as long as Andrew Bogut and Jermaine O'Neal are active.
Festus Ezeli to miss 6-9 months after surgery | 06/13/2013 6:25 PM
Festus Ezeli will miss six to nine months after undergoing knee surgery.
Ezeli suffered a sprained right knee at the end of the regular season. The Warriors said he needed surgery to reinforce the MCL and PCL ligaments in his right knee. Unfortunately for Golden State, the timeline makes it unlikely that Ezeli will return before Christmas and could be sidelined for most of next season.
Festus Ezeli moves to the starting lineup | 05/16/2013 10:05 PM
Festus Ezeli will start for the Warriors in Game 6 on Thursday.
Chris Ballard on Twitter
Mark Jackson doesn't want to play small ball this time, which could end up being a mistake. The Spurs shot 10-of-21 from deep in Game 5 and they'll likely get plenty of open looks with Andrew Bogut and Ezeli down low. Of course, this could just be posturing and Ezeli isn't likely to get many minutes in the grand scheme of things. Carl Landry moves to the bench.
Festus Ezeli expected to start in Game 2 | 05/08/2013 10:46 AM
Festus Ezeli is expected to start at power forward in Game 2 vs. the Spurs.
Contra Costa Times
Ezeli will "likely" start per Mark Jackson, alongside Andrew Bogut. The matchup is designed to keep Bogut away from defending Tim Duncan, but it's not clear how much time Ezeli will actually see in the second game of the series.
Ezeli starts at PF in Warriors' practice | 05/06/2013 5:40 PM
Festus Ezeli replaced Carl Landry as the starting PF during the Warriors' practice on Sunday.
San Francisco Chronicle
This doesn't necessarily mean that Landry will come off the bench, and the availability of Spurs big man Tiago Splitter (ankle) could determine how Golden State matches up. David Lee (hip) will be in uniform but he's only expected to play a few minutes if he takes the court at all.
Festus Ezeli dealing with sprained right knee | 04/24/2013 8:17 AM
Festuz Ezeli is playing through a sprained right knee.
Contra Costa Times
Ezeli is wearing a "bulky brace which is limting his mobility and explosiveness," and the last thing the Warriors need is another injury to a member of their front line. The injury occurred in the regular season finale, and he has not been cleared to play without the brace.
The Warriors won in New Orleans on Saturday, thanks partly to Festus Ezeli's career-high 13 points, eight rebounds and one block.
Ezeli logged 30 minutes at center due to David Lee's absence with an ankle injury, not to mention Andrew Bogut's ongoing absence. Lee is day-to-day and has suggested that he'll play on Monday, so there's no reason to bother with Ezeli in standard formats.